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​Some of our top cops have been honoured at an awards ceremony this morning.


Durham Police presented awards to officers nominated for going that extra mile in their community by members of the public.  The ceremony, now in its second year, was held at the Xcel Centre in Newton Aycliffe and was attended by Chief Constable Mike Barton and Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg.


Among those honoured was PC Amanda Holland from Darlington who was recognised for the work she did with a victim of domestic violence.  Amanda’s work means this victim now lives a life free from abuse and has been able to rebuild her life.  Amanda picked up the WOW! That’s really special award as well as the  ‘overall winner’ prize. 


In the WOW! What a team category Wioleta Cieslewicz, Tomasz Fladro and Cassie Wilson  picked up the prize for the work they did in supporting a Polish lady who had recently moved to Darlington and found herself in an abusive relationship.


PC Scott Wilson from Seaham picked up the best customer service award for the work he did in returning a stolen mobility scooter to a disabled gentleman.


PCSO Debra Robson from Consett was recognised for her role in tackling problems with anti-social behaviour in Esh Winning.


Best newcomer was PCSO Abby Freeman from Bishop Auckland who collected her award for the great work she has done over the past 12 months with the community of Woodhouse close in Bishop Auckland.


The most inspirational leader award went to Special Inspector Hayley Gibson who was recognised for the way in which she deals with incidents and leads and develops her team. 


A number of other officers were highly commended at the ceremony which concluded at lunchtime. 


Chief Constable Mike Barton said: “Today’s event gives us the opportunity to recognise our officers for the fantastic work they do on a day to day basis.  Some of the stories we’ve heard this morning are heart-warming and as Chief Constable I’m extremely proud of the work our officers do and the excellent service they provide to members of the public across Durham and Darlington.”

Pictured: PC Amanda Holland with her award.